Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Dumb Gratitude

Dumb Gratitude
Do you struggle with gratitude? I sure do. I have haaated the topic. I have NOT wanted to have an attitude of gratitude. Even in elementary school I was a seven year old gratitude curmudgeon. You know the drill in elementary school. The teacher has you make a list. Every child is grateful for their mom, dad, the rest of the family, being born in a free country like America. And that’s where my seven year old self cynically coughed up toad-thoughts.  I thought I couldn’t’ tell my teacher and class mates. : I wasn’t born in America.  I was born in The Netherlands. Holland was...
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Put Your Whole Self In

Put Your Whole Self In
Severe trauma can split you in pieces NOT like the stereotype of what schizophrenia is, NOT like the stereotype of split personality. (Tell me about your splits, about your whole self)       As a matter of fact, the common wisdom among survivors and helpers is that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation (trauma). The trauma split(s) are: for constant exposure to evil: that the nice person inside, has to go away. for assaults, often repeated: this body has to go away in order to survive. Many feel as if they were on the ceiling or in the sky...
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30 DoL Louis Zamperini – Trust 2 in the Depths of WWII

30 DoL Louis Zamperini – Trust 2 in the Depths of WWII
Creating Hope to Survive from Rage, Creating Hope to Survive from Trust The energy that fuels our survival comes from different sources. For Louis Zamperini, he starved but survived on a diet of rage at his cruelest captor, nicknamed “The Bird.” As he went from one terifying ordeal to another, this rage, this battle of not-giving-in affirmed for him, that he had a spirit inside that remained alive. No matter how severe the attack or the deprivation – his spirit remained alive. In Japan in a freezing Japanese prison labor camp, Zamperini remainedd alive with the burning fire of rage...
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30 DoL – Louis Zamperini -Trust in the Depths of WWII

30 DoL – Louis Zamperini -Trust in the Depths of WWII
Louis Zamperini and Trust As I watch this video, (click above) detailing Luis Zamperini’s  ordeal during World War II in Japanese POW camps I wonder, how did he find bits and shreds of hope as he went along? I know some survivors of trauma fared worse, because they had already experienced trauma before war. Some survived because they were tough before World War II — that is Louis Zamperini’s story. NPR describes Laura Hillenbrand‘s biography of  Zamperini- Unbroken as follows: He was a juvenile delinquent, then a world-class miler; a World War II airman, then a POW...
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